Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Okay, for all those who have been wondering - Jason and family weathered the storm quite well. The "southern" sections of this latest hurricane went through the Maryland area, and Bethesda got soaked pretty good. However, it wasn't anywhere near as wet as New York or other parts North (and East). When I spoke with him yesterday and today he seemed liked it was no big deal, and that all he noticed was heavy rain. Of course, when I spoke with him today, he had just gotten back from one of his "procedures" and he was still quite groggy from the anesthetic he had been given. I asked him about the girls and he said they had been in earlier and that Bridgette had to get them back to the room so they could lay down, since they were getting kind of cranky. My guess is that with all the bad weather they are not getting a chance to even go outside and are starting to feel a bit of the cabin fever.

We are looking forward to going out to see him and the family next month, so Linda and I are both feeling a bit anxious. Funny how I feel more anxious about going out than I did about the hurricane coming to the area. I guess I just basically knew he was going to be safe where he was, and that the Naval Base and Hospital were both on high ground, with their own power supply. I continue to pray for him, though and thank you all for all your prayers and support.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Okay, its been long enough since the last entry - and the good news is that there really hasn't been a bunch to report. Jason is doing well, though still in the hospital and waiting on the folks who do the housing set ups to get his housing done. He has a prone-cart that provides him with a bit better ability to get out and around, so that he doesn't have to remain in his room all day long, and that does make him much happier. They are still working on his wounds and trying to get the healing to take place, and it looks like they may be going back to a skin graft, but we're waiting to hear more about that. There was a procedure done to help with the pain level and discomfort, in that they deadened the nerve(s) in the area that was causing the greatest discomfort, and it seemed to make it better for Jason.

Linda and I are planning on going out to see Jason and the family over the Thanksgiving holiday, and will be there for the entire week. We hope to be able to spend a considerable amount of time with Jason and the rest of the family, and also with some of our friends out there. What is allowing this to happen is the generosity of Luke's Wings, who will be flying us out and back, using donated frequent flier miles. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We had a great chat today, right when he was finishing up his dinner. He said that Bridgette and the girls were supposed to be coming by a bit latter, so we didn't get to talk with them this time. Linda had a class tonight and I had a couple of chores to get done, so we really didn't have a lot of time to call back later anyway. Jason is doing well, though he is beginning to really feel the "cabin fever" from not being able to get out like he used to. The good news is that he thinks the issues with the housing are getting worked out and perhaps they will be moving in soon, though no date was given.

He will be going in for another procedure, again for the wound vac change out and a checking of the healing of his wounds. This is going to be going on for a little while longer, and then he will be starting all over again with the right side, and a major surgery again. The bright side to this is that this coming surgery is going to be much smaller than that experienced on the left side. I'm happy to report also, that he was laughing and joking with us and that it made him feel almost as good as it did Mom... I was a distant third... ;-)

Not much else to report other than his spirits are still up and he is very clear headed, and that is a good thing. He is dealing with the medical staff, and keeping them on their toes, so I'm not too concerned about that, at this time. Thank you, all for all your prayers and continued support, and please keep it coming.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Well, I'm back and I have a bit of an update for you, and I'm hoping that I will be providing another update tomorrow, as well. I did the Wounded EOD Warrior Ride, from Los Angeles to San Diego (just over 160 miles) and I was able to generate some funds for the organization. While on the ride, at one of the times I found myself being basically alone (no one ahead of me within sight and no one behind me within sight), and I was feeling tired. It was the second day of the ride and we were traveling along the coast, right at the beach and I was thinking to myself, "I'm doing this for Jason." I had to repeat this to myself a few times, and it got me through. On the bright side, I only had one flat tire, and it wasn't too difficult to fix - I just replaced the tube, once I determined the tire was still good. My guess is it was a "pinch" type puncture because there wasn't any thing sticking through the tire. A couple of the other riders had stopped to assist and then the follow vehicle caught up and I was able to use a much better pump to inflate tire/tube. An old injury kept me from getting up and over Torrey Pines, so I can't honestly say I rode the entire distance, but I did do most of it. There were about five of us that didn't make the entire ride, so it gave us something to shoot for next year... Yes, I want to do it again! Oh, and one more thing... I was able to achieve my financial goal for this ride, and will be looking to do more next year.

Now for Jason update... He is doing well, though he is getting somewhat irritated with the folks who are supposed to be setting up his housing. They can't seem to get all the work coordinated, that he needs done, so Bridgette and the girls are yet to move out of the hotel room and into a bit of a more normal setting. It would still  be smaller than his house in San Diego, but much better than the hotel room they are in now. He is still dealing with some of the healing challenges, and the wounds are getting better, just much slower than he was hoping for. If he can get all of the surgeries and wounds healed up he might even be in a position to ride in the Ride, next year - we'll have to wait and see. I'll be giving him a call tomorrow and see what is new from their side of the country, and hope to get to talk with the girls, too. But, that's all I have for now.

Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - we really do appreciate it.